The first half of this week can be described as a January thaw.
The second half of the week is a totally different story.
Meteorologist Heidi Werosta explains why it is possible to go from thawing to freezing in just a few hours.
North Dakota gets a little bit of everything, whether it’s thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, and of course extreme temperatures.
Iowa State University mapped the difference between the coldest and warmest temperatures recorded in each state for the year 2017.
And North Dakota’s results were pretty unique.
In fact, we’re off the scale.
Temperatures ranged 140 degrees between summer and winter.
Around new years Hettinger reported a low temperature of -45 and easily in the summer months it can get to over 100 degrees.
The reason — we are right in the middle of the continent and not regulated by the ocean.
Also, the difference in sunlight varies by about 8 hours between the winter and summer.
This week is no different — as parts of southwest North Dakota had highs in the 40s, but soon enough the Arctic air will return those temperatures back down to below zero.
Montana was the only other state in the country besides North Dakota that had more than a 140 degree difference.